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  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (10 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755332385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755332380
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 5.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Penny Vincenzi is one of the UK's best-loved and most popular authors. Since her first novel, Old Sins, was published in 1989, she has written fourteen bestselling novels, most recently The Best of Times and the number one bestseller An Absolute Scandal.
Her first 'proper' job was at the Harrods Library, aged sixteen, after which she went to secretarial college. She joined the Mirror and later became a journalist, writing for The Times, the Daily Mail and Cosmopolitan amongst many others, before turning to fiction. Several years later, over seven million copies of Penny's books have been sold worldwide and she is universally held to be the 'doyenne of the modern blockbuster' (Glamour).
Penny has four daughters and divides her time between London and Gower, South Wales.

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'Penny is the doyenne of the modern blockbuster' (Glamour)

'Every Penny Vincenzi is a guaranteed bestseller' (Grazia)

'These pleasures may be wicked, but they won't make you fat' (The Times)

'Deliciously readable' (Mail on Sunday)

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Family secrets and wicked deceptions abound in this delicious novel from Sunday Times Number One bestselling author Penny Vincenzi.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 April 2000
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I have read three of Penny Vincenzi's books now and all of the are fantastic, however, this one takes the cake. I got so rapped up in the lives of the Caterhams that I couldn't put it down. Do yourself a favour and buy it. Trust me it is money very well spent.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sissel M. Østdahl on 23 Mar. 2008
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With "Wicked Pleasures" Penny Vincenzi has delivered a serious work, beautifully written. Victoria, Lady Caterham's, dark secret is what the book is mainly about and whether you guess or just have a clue, it will not much alter the fascination, amazement and horror with the implications for everyone concerned.

Not that the book is not entertaining. On our way through the 804 pages we encounter members of both Lady and Earl Caterham's American and English families. We follow individual lives and destinies. I daresay that few aspects of the human mind and behaviour are left untouched.

Although "Wicked Pleasures" is a page-turner, it's the kind of book I had to put down in between reading it. To absorb, to take it all in. What happens, is enormous, but having encountered a similar situation in real life, I was not as surprised as I might otherwise have been.

The initial situation leads to extremes. Indeed, the book is a lot more than a mere family saga. Add suspense, although very much hidden, and the picture will be complete.

A man's tragedy, his desperate love for his inheritance and his cleverly hidden twisted personality make for this almost unbelievable story. Excellent characterization. Chilling insight into a sick mind and its literally deadly effect on the loving and trusting, make this book a unique piece of work.

Penny Vincenzi is clearly a lot more than a mere storyteller. This book does indeed show how cruel life can be, and how fragile. How easily dreams are shattered when evil gets free reign.

Thank you to Ms Vincenzi for having written this book and shed light on such a painful and secret subject.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. M. Tan on 25 Nov. 2008
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Wicked Pleasure is a very readable book. It starts good, and you will find yourself wanting to read the book more and more. The next thing I know, I was reading this book late into the night. The characters are all very interesting, each of them having the capacity to make one very intrigued and oddly, you will grow an affinity with its' wonderful mix of characters. I do highly recommend this book, for you will be sweep into the story this book has to offer especially with the twist in the end. Go get it!!
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By Artemisia on 16 Sept. 2013
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Escapist literature must naturally get its readers to suspend disbelief. In this case however it's not so much a question of suspending disbelief as of getting rid of it completely. The author has a most fertile imagination, and has stuffed her story with a collection of characters embroiled, for the most part, in situations ranging from the trite to the unlikely. The characters themselves go from the fairly obvious to the mentally deranged, with a daring soupçon of deviated sexual behaviour thrown in for an extra thrill. Furthermore their final goal seems to be centered, in general, on mostly financial or social success. In other words life as seen through cash-coloured spectacles.
Although the beginning of the book seemed both promising and not badly written, I grew bored with the whole thing long before the end. I did my best to read on but could manage only another few pages. I don't think I could possibly recommend it to others so my copy will probably end up in the recycling bin.
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Wicked Pleasures

Have just re-read this book (for about the third time!) and just have to say what a great story it is.
The Caterhams inter-marrying with a great American banking family is wonderful stuff with a very surprising secret at the heart of it - it is actually what engrossing family sagas are made of.

Ms. Vincenzi, ALWAYS, to my mind writes a great book but this one is particularly enthralling. Her great cast of characters with their totally unexpected actions and the smooth switching from rural England, London, New York etc., is handled deftly and totally believably.

Anyway, I won't say a lot more except that this is A GREAT BOOK - buy it, read it, I'm sure you'll love it.

If you want another great family saga book from her try Old Sins (see my review on this).
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By DMU on 19 Jan. 2015
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I am sorry to say that this is the worst Penny Vincenzi I have read so far and I have read most of her work. I found the language lazy and the characters week. The book has none of the class of her most recent or earlier offerings; no sense of style, well drawn time period and the sex was Like the bonk-busters of the 80's and 90's. It occurs to me that maybe this, being set in the 80's was a pastiche of blockbusters of the time a la Jackie Collins etc. but it was written without a hint of irony so I doubt it. His very disappointing as I am a huge fan of her books.
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By Samantha London on 22 April 2012
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I usually love Penny Vincenzi. But this one really is one of her strongest novels. It starts of pretty well, but then goes off a tangent and then starts to meander all over the place. It is at least two hundred pages too long, and a particularly odious character doesn't get outed, which in turn led to a pretty unsatisfactory conclusion. Characterization is good though, if a little cliched, so I've given it an extra star for that reason.
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